Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 2, 2013

HOPE Clinic gets $10,000 donation

The Black & White Gala and Friends of Texas Health Cleburne presented a $10,000 check to HOPE Medical & Dental Clinic founder Dr. Tony Torres on Wednesday.

The gala has donated to the Healing Outreach Professional Endeavor clinic since 2009 but this year doubled the amount to help even more people.

“They needed it and are a good organization,” 2013 gala Chair Debbie Reynolds said. “It helps the hospital too because it helps keep some people out of the emergency room.”

THC President Blake Kretz said the donation provides an opportunity to support local patients that are either not insured or underinsured.

“That and follow-up appointments,” Kretz said. “A lot of patients come to our emergency room but need a follow up for diabetes and other [medical conditions].”

That is where HOPE Clinic helps. Not only does it provide a way for those without insurance to receive medical and dental care, it also helps take the strain off THC’s emergency room, especially during peak times.

“And all the money that is raised here, stays here,” gala Vice Chair Amparo Becerra said.  

Proceeds from the Black & White Gala benefit thousands of Johnson County residents each year. Through “Shots for Tots,” Mammograms are a Must!” and “Know Your PSA,” area residents can rest-assured they get the care they might not otherwise receive in other counties.

The free health care programs benefit children, women and men at various stages of life and provide educational materials and community outreach.

The 2013 Black & White Gala is from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. As in previous years, there will be a reception, silent, live and big board auctions, raffle prizes, dinner and entertainment. Tickets are $175 per person and available at www.texashealth.com/BWgala.

Part of this year’s proceeds will purchase an ultrasound system for THC, which doctors will use primarily for breast exams.

For information, contact Lesley Icenogle at 682-236-5249.

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